Valentine’s Day – Mommy Style (Strawberry Shortcake Trifle)

Dr Laura Schlessinger wrote something in her book The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands that really made me step back and think about the pressure I was putting on my husband to really do something outstanding this one day a year.  She said that a lot of the phone calls into her show were from women complaining about the fact that their husbands never did anything overly romantic for them on Valentine’s Day. These women wanted television and romance novel dreams to come true, but their husbands were falling short on Valentine’s Day and the ladies were angry! Then, Dr Laura went on to ask the women about how their husbands were every other day of the year, and come to find out they were doing most things right. These women were angry about how their husbands were falling short one day out of the year, but failed to recognize all of the things they did right the other 364 days.

I will admit, I used to be one of those women (remind me to tell you about our invitation to be guests on the Dr Phil Show). My husband who does so many things right is not the elaborate, romantic kind of guy and it used to drive me crazy. After reading Dr Laura’s book several years ago, I had a rude awakening and luckily was smart enough to change my tune.

Now, my husband and I make Valentine’s a very special day for our kids. For example, this evening we made a multi course meal of salad, homemade bread, baked potatoes, filet mignon with red wine sauteed mushrooms and asparagus. For dessert, we had the delicious Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits pictured above. Nick and I had the children sit at the table, lit the candles and put on soft music. We served them “fancy restaurant style” (with drinks in wine glasses, cloth napkins and the works) and the kids had a ball with the special attention. We then headed downstairs to the “movie theater” to watch a special movie, and then bed time ended in rooms at “Hotel Doyle”.

You may not think our Valentine’s Day sounds all that romantic, but trust me. Just sit back and watch your husband doting over your kids as a pretend waiter, chat together as you both wash and dry the dishes and clean up the kitchen and then watch later as he has kids draped all over him, sleeping on his shoulders and lap. My idea of romance has certainly changed since we’ve became parents and I read Dr Laura’s books. I would take this over chocolate and roses any day!

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle (from This Mama Loves to Cook)

(I made these into individual parfaits)

1 Angle Food Cake
1 8 oz. Cream cheese
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. powdered sugar
1 c. sour cream
8 oz. Frozen Whipped Topping (thawed)
2 large container of fresh strawberries

Wash strawberries and remove berry tops. Slice strawberries.
Sprinkle granulated sugar over strawberries. Cut Angel Food
cake into 1-inch squares. Set aside. Blend together cream
cheese, vanilla, powdered sugar, and sour cream until smooth.
Fold in Whipped topping. In a trifle bowl layer ingredients
starting with half the cake cubes, then half of the sliced berries,
and then half of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat layers and
garnish with strawberries.

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  1. says

    That sounds wonderful! My husband is not the romantic type either but made me a wonderful steakhouse dinner-all ready when I got home from work. It was exactly what I wanted.

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  2. says

    Hi Kristen,

    It seems you’ve had a beautiful V day…the idea of “romantic” depends a lot of the ages and cultures 😉
    As a meat eater the fillet mignon with red wine should be delicious not mentioning the dessert…
    I can smell the perfume of the strawberries and vanilla by feeling this gorgeous photo!


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  3. says

    I am right there with you! I never understood that- making a loving, hardworking, hands-on hubby and father feel bad for not bringing flowers on a day others tell him he’s supposed to! I’ll take 364 days of what I have over 1 day of what I didn’t get any day! Great post!

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  4. says

    We never celebrate Valentine’s Day, ever. My husband is the least romantic man I know but it doesn’t bother me at all, and my last two posts on my blog explain it all. This sounds like a nice way to enjoy the day.

  5. Leah says

    Aww, good post. :) My romantic Valentine’s day consisted of congestion and coughing. :( I sitll did not have to cook though…we got carry out!

  6. says

    I love your Valentines Day and in fact that is what we did – Spent a quiet and fun night with my hubby and Step son and it was great – When we do not have kids in the house we always stay home and avoid all the crowds. Dr Laura in this case is right and there are a few things that I have done that she suggested that work like a charm.
    Love the short cake!!

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  7. says

    I love Dr. Laura! Used to listen to her all the time. Sounds like a wonderful family time…that’s what V-day should be, I think. This dinner reminds me of a birthday party I had in 4th grade. I wanted to have a party like Laura Ingalls had in one of her books…a dinner party! All my friends dressed up and we had all my favorite foods (which would be DRASTICALLY different now!) of chicken rollups, creamed corn, broccoli casserole, rice, and MORE crescent rolls! When everyone arrived, my dad, dressed in his tuxedo, greeted them at the door and introduced them as “Miss ___” then we all had sparkling white grape juice in crystal glasses. SOOO much fun…you’d be surprised what a little “fancy” will do for fourth grade girls!

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